How to replace a registration

 This page was updated for COVID-19.

The fee to replace your vehicle registration document and windshield sticker is $3.00, unless you are also replacing plates. 1

If you need to replace vehicle plates or documents that were lost in a crime, you must apply by mail or at a DMV office. See lost or stolen plates for more information.

Online and print a temporary document

You can replace registration documents online for most vehicles. Your computer must accept cookies. 2 

Replace a registration online

Sorry, you cannot replace registration documents online for

  • vehicles older than model year 1973
  • boats, snowmobiles or All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
  • vehicles with an expired, surrendered, suspended or revoked registration
  • motorcycles, or other vehicles with plate stickers
  • trailers
  • transporter vehicles
  • vehicles registered through DMV's International Registration Bureau

Temporary registration

You can download and print a temporary registration in PDF format that is valid for 10 days.  We also attach a copy to your confirmation email.  You will get your new registration document by mail within 10 days.

You need

  • vehicle plate or registration number
  • registration class what is this?
  • ZIP Code for the address on your registration
  • credit or pinless debit card for payment

By mail

Send these items 


New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Utica Processing Center
P.O. Box 359
Utica, NY 13503

You can’t update your name by mail. If your address changed, write your new address on the application.  

At a DMV office

Presesnt these items to a DMV office

Office procedures have changed due to COVID-19.

We recommend you conduct your DMV business at the office or by mail in the County where you are a resident.

See instructions and reservation information for your county

If your address changed

Your mailing address on DMV files must be current. You cannot change your address during the transaction. You can first change your address online and then renew.

Note: If you file a request with the US Postal Service (USPS) to forward mail there, is no guarantee that the USPS will forward all DMV documents to the new address.


If your name changed

You cannot change your name during this transaction. Your new document will display your previous name.  If you recently changed your name, read the instructions to change your name or other information on a registration or title.


For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.